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Work from inside out when prepping boat for fishing

Many of us spend a lot of time preparing our boats for our next fishing trip.

May 31, 2012 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


Experience the ‘experience’

You can do a lot in 26 days.

May 29, 2012 | By JEFF LUND “It’s a Lund-erful Life” | Sports Columns


A tale of two rivers

A week ago I was fortunate enough to attend an event celebrating the acquisition of 1,600 acres of riverfront farmland and riparian habitat at the confluence of the Tuolumne River and the San Joaquin River. Dos Rios Ranch was purchased from the Lyons Family through a combined effort of two organizations: River Partners and The Tuolumne Trust.

May 28, 2012 | By DON MOYER Outdoor columnist | Sports Columns


Be cautious of crowds, safety on Memorial Day fishing trip

Memorial Day weekend is one of those weekends I plan on celebrating at home.

May 24, 2012 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


Kwasniewski wins with eighth-place

Proving that you don't have to finish first to be a winner Dylan Kwasniewski, age 16 of Las Vegas, picked up a victory in last Saturday's Graham Tire "150" NASCAR K&N Pro Series East & K&N Pro Series West combination race at Iowa Speedway.

May 23, 2012 | | Sports Columns


Even more advice for the seniors

Dear Seniors,

May 22, 2012 | By JEFF LUND "It's a LUND-erful life" | Sports Columns


California Grizzy extinct? Not so says Don Moyer

Several years ago, I read about a college student who was studying small fur bearers between Lake Tahoe and Susanville. As part of his research, the fellow was running a trapline to obtain specimens to study. He soon developed a problem with some sort of larger predator raiding his traps and eating the small critters trapped therein.

May 20, 2012 | By DON MOYER Outdoors Columnist | Sports Columns


Return of Manny Ramirez is big con

The state of Rhode Island is having trouble collecting some of the millions it lent former pitcher Curt Schilling, another reminder why chasing celebrity is almost always a bad thing.

May 16, 2012 | By TIM DAHLBERG AP Sports Columnist | Sports Columns


Worrying about life’s worrisome moments

I heard somewhere that of all we worry about only a little actually happens, and the vast majority never comes to fruition.

May 15, 2012 | | Sports Columns


Simplified flyfishing

One of my pet peeves is the many myths that seem to surround flyfishing, most of which are hogwash. The idea that flyfishing is difficult is especially bothersome to me.

May 14, 2012 | By DON MOYER Outdoors columnist | Sports Columns


Manteca Park GC hosting amateur tourney

One of the most prestigious amateur golf events in Northern California will be played at the Manteca Park Golf Course this Saturday and Sunday, May 12 and 13. The 36th Annual Manteca City Stroke Play Golf Championship attracts the best amateur golfers in the state. Past contestants include current PGA Tour professional Matt Bettencourt of Modesto.

May 11, 2012 | | Sports Columns


Bassin’ Buddies fishing for veterans on Delta

When I joined the military several years ago, one of the things I looked forward to was getting to see different places.

May 03, 2012 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


99 Speedway is home sweet home for Holmes

Three-time NASCAR K&N Pro Series West champion Eric Holmes, of Escalon, grew up watching his father Steve Holmes compete against local legends such as Ken Boyd, David Philpott, Ron Strmiska and Harry Belletto at Stockton's 99 Speedway, so, naturally, the closure of the historic short-track at the end of the 2006 season was a very big disappointment to him.

May 02, 2012 | By DALE BOSOWSKI Racing Columnist | Sports Columns


The whole truth and nothing but

I'll be honest, which in fishing is rare, but only for 547 more words.

May 01, 2012 | | Sports Columns


Mayweather still making fans pay

LAS VEGAS - Floyd Mayweather Jr. didn't exactly plan for it to happen this way. The thought of sitting in a jail cell for two months can't be a pleasant one, especially while the entourage enjoys life without him at the Big Boy house.

April 30, 2012 | By TIM DAHLBERG Associated Press Sports Columnist | Sports Columns


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Throwback: using a black powder replica

If you've never shot black powder guns before you ought to give it a try. It transports you back in time as you pour the powder down the barrel, drop the lead ball or shot in and tamp it down with a ramrod You had to let the smoke cloud blow away before you could see if you hit your target!

July 27, 2014 | By Don Moyer | Sports Columns


Doss wins Sunnyvalley Smoked Meats 125

Using his front row starting position to maximum advantage, Upper Lake's Jeremy Doss was able to snatch the early lead in Saturday's Spears Manufacturing SRL Southwest Tour Sunnyvalley Smoked Meats 125 at the Stockton 99 Speedway where he spent the rest of the race fending off multiple challengers to earn the checkered flag.

July 27, 2014 | | Sports Columns


Value of life jackets

Life jackets are one of the most valuable pieces of equipment on a boat, but lot of owners spend huge amounts of money on radio systems, wakeboard towers, downriggers, power poles, and other luxury items.

July 24, 2014 | By Jarod Ballardo | Sports Columns


Consider safety when towing boat

Last week while driving to a favorite camping spot of mine, I got behind a boat that was being towed by a small SUV. It wouldn't have been too bad if the boat was small but it was a lot bigger than the SUV, which is very dangerous.

July 17, 2014 | By Jarod Ballardo | Sports Columns


Chicago crazy: $940K 2nd Amendment lesson

While most of us enjoyed the Fourth of July weekend with parades, fireworks and backyard barbeques, Chicago endured an amazing 51 shootings. At last count, America's third largest metropolitan area had a total of 12 deaths that resulted from the shootings. More are still in critical condition. Gee wouldn't it be great if Chicago could only outlaw guns so that such shootings wouldn't happen?

July 13, 2014 | By Don Moyer | Sports Columns


World Cup killed ‘beautiful game’

BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil - Because it is turning out better than expected, the World Cup is doing more good than harm to brand Brazil. The opposite is true for Brazil's brand of football.

July 07, 2014 | By JOHN LEICESTER Associated Press Sports Columnist | Sports Columns


McIlroy has lunch date with a great

PINEHURST, N.C. (AP) - The one thing Rory McIlroy won't lack heading into this U.S. Open is advice. In the few weeks since his breakup with girlfriend Caroline Wozniacki, only some of it has been worth much.

June 12, 2014 | Jim Litke | Sports Columns


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